ZEN WOLF

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ZEN WOLF

entwine

/ɪnˈtwʌɪn,ɛn-/

verb

past tense: entwined; past participle: entwined

1. wind or twist together; interweave.

"they lay entwined in each other's arms"

synonyms:wind round, twist round, coil round, wrap round, weave, intertwine,interlink, interlace, interweave, interthread, crisscross, entangle, tangle;

I could search for them all day, but I am not entirely certain I would ever find the perfect words.  Whole, fulfilled, raw, honest, interlocked, complete, entwined . . .  This family is all interwoven, a kind of binding honesty, if you like. Everyone within their home is deeply a part of every moment, and when even the family pets are so deeply entangled within the mix, you know its just something really special.  

It is as though everything and everyone orbits Roxanne, she is a centre, a core, and everything flows within her magnetic pull.  It is so easy to see, from the way that Andre looks upon her face, to the way her children simply just slip into a calm place within her reach.  She is a natural mother, and partner, in every fibre of her being.  She is their Goddess.   

And if ever I had to describe a Goddess, it would indeed be this beautiful, enlightened, powerful woman who recently became my hero when she delivered the divine Zen Wolf in the car, on the side of the Bass Coast Highway, into the hands of his loving father, Andre.  In spending time within Roxanne and Andre's beautiful home yesterday I was witness to so many beautiful tender, authentic moments.  When Roxanne talks about her little family, she speaks of the love Andre has for them all, but specifically how Zen's recent arrival, safely into Andre's own hands in this most unexpected, beautiful, intimate welcome to the world, has even more deeply rooted an already beautiful bond with each of them.  This is what I wanted to capture... The way Roxanne looks upon her family.  

You see, it is something deeper than the love this family share, it is in their knowing, their familiarity, their genuine understanding of one another, THAT is where the connection deepens.  They watch, they listen, they share... and every moment of their days, every tiny detail of who they are is safely heard and nurtured within the walls of their home.  They are all entwined, interwoven, connected.  I could type all day and still likely never quite find the right words . . . but a picture speaks a thousand . . . 

Welcome to the world Zen Wolf, welcome to a beautiful family, and a beautiful life . . . 

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MILA + MUMMY

Oh, the way my heart just melted a bit when Jade opened the door and before me stood a gorgeous woman with THE sweetest and most beautiful of babes within her arms... She led me inside and I stood in the foyer of an equally beautiful home, every detail finely tuned, lovingly chosen and placed... Even the family pooch was perfect!

This photogs dream came true!  

As rain spilled down the windows and cloud flattened the light within their stunning home, with her little sweep of hair and her beautiful eyes, its safe to say Miss Mila stole the show, and when she smiled that sweet smile at her beautiful Mama Bear, well let's just say I was a bit enamored by the connection... I saw Jade relish in her, soak in the moments, smitten by her sweetest most cherished creation.  I won't go on... because these moments stand on their own...

 

 

 

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HARRY VAN HEYES

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HARRY VAN HEYES

I have my clients complete a questionnaire leading up to their session.

I ask them little questions about who they are and what they love... to help me learn a little about them... and which moments and details are important to them in order to capture their true essence.

When Jade completed her questionnaire about her little family, not only was she brimming with love for her gorgeous little bundle, Harry... But also the love for her husband.

She told me that they loved one another even more since Harry had entered their world, and OH MY! the glances they share with one another, and then with their most treasured little creation was such a testament to her words.  Their true essence IS all-encompassing LOVE!

This vibrant, delicious little man is in the hands and hearts of two of the gentlest, positive souls I have had the pleasure of meeting.  He is blessed and adored beyond measure.

It has taken me months to bring Harry to the blog,  so I will delay his adorable presence no further with my rambling... because everything here speaks for itself

 

 

 

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COOPER

It's not often I share just the sneak peeks via the blog... 

but this darling little man deserves to grace the internet a little larger than Facebook will allow

More of beautiful Cooper and his adoring little family to come soon!

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MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT  |  AN ONGOING PERSONAL PROJECT

Wings blurred, blending softly with the air... dresses and strands of hair and emotions pulled out away from the body and merging with the world... That is what this means to me... That is what this project is

 

You can see more of my person work HERE

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FOR THE LOVE OF FILM

Once upon a time I came across a painting by Charmaine Olivia, on which she scratched the words,

You never have to show this to anyone

There was something freeing in that statement, that note to self that I imagine took the pressure away from her to create something FOR anyone... but instead to just simply create.

and I heard those words like whispers to my soul, over and over as I struggled with my innate fear of shooting film, of shooting movement, and more so of combining the two... to shoot what I envision, just for me.

I packed two old film bodies and boxes of both black and white, and colour film into my bag with my gear and took them along to every shoot... I said nothing, and as the moment felt right, just as I would switch lenses, I would switch cameras, and I would capture just a few frames, no pressure, no expectations, shooting to capture nothing beyond the emotion I felt within myself, within those moments.

Oh, how excited and nervous I was to receive back the scans for my first rolls of film, there is an honesty in these images, that just speak to me.

 

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ONE FOR THE WALL

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ONE FOR THE WALL

As I wrap up a beautiful session, and the moments that melted my heart and fill my camera come to a close, my clients will thank me for capturing the real, the essence of them, the raw, unedited, unfussy, no frills, no posing LIFE that unfolded in the hours prior.  They will thank me for the memories and tell me they are so glad they did it this way, it suited them more than the traditional studio portraits.

But once in a while, in the midst of all of this, a question will come from somewhere in the distance...

"Can we please just also grab one for the wall"

Oh, my dear sweet beautiful clients who came to me to capture your perfectly beautiful real, raw, unscripted moments... I just captured OH SO MANY for your wall.  All of it, the entanglement, the emotion, the love, the laughter, the truth of YOU, all of the MOMENTS have a place of their own within your space... they are ALL for the wall, and now there are just so many beautiful and unique ways to share them.

I am forever sourcing THE most amazing print products to share with you, that I feel speak volumes for your voice and fit your home and personal style, that allow the moments I captured to speak loudly and proudly for themselves.  The wall doesn't have to be savoured for the traditional pose, is that not everything we are attempting to undo here? Is that not why you fell in love with my work and chose me to capture your memories?

Here I present to you just a handful of the stunning new product available to you when you book your session with me - Photoblocks.

Photoblocks are stunning timber blocks imposed with your moments, custom hand crafted and finished, carefully sanded and "aged" so each piece is unique, treated for longevity and shipped across the world just for you. 

There is a vast array of STUNNING options available, from round, to oval, to square and rectangle, single statement pieces and full wall gallery layouts.  I can also design beautiful typography to add to the mix!

So if you're an existing client, or getting ready to book, get in touch and we will chat about the perfect Photoblock options to suit your needs!

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THE WATSONS

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THE WATSONS

Home is any place where your soul feels at rest, where your heart feels full and your body feels safe. Home is the place that calls you, no matter where you are.

I have actually never had so much difficulty putting a post together as I have with this one.  In part it was in finding the words to articulate how I felt about every portion of the session , and about this family, and it was also in attempting to sift through and narrow down the moments that I wanted to share.  Because I could share them all. Every. Last. One.

This was a little different to the other beach sessions you might find throughout my work... it was more than a pretty sunset or sand between our toes.  It was oh so much more than JUST a pretty backdrop.  You see, this beach, this whole island, is every bit this family's home.  As Annette and I talked through planning their family session with me, the words explore and adventure arose many a time, and it soon became evident that the outdoors, our beautiful island, was every bit as much a part of their home as what is inside their four walls... its an extension of their home, and a massive part of their every day and the way they live.  And so, it was so important to me to truly incorporate every inch of the space around them within their memories, to show them within their space, in their environment, wrapped in light, colour, sea air, sunset and the landscape that is theirs.

Together they walk, adventure, explore, learn, admire and grow. 

They LIVE and love every inch of this space they call home, in a way that I just fell entirely in love with.  It truly was the most beautiful thing to watch, a family of four truly soul deep in love with their surroundings, busy, energetic, soaking every inch of every moment in and just living life to its fullest.  

Annette speaks of just how hard Russell works as the local Veterinarian and what a wonderful loving, hands on father he is, and Russell looks upon the three beauties in his life as if he just might be the most blessed man on Earth, and he just may be!

Annette just kind of floored me, she is so beautiful, SO fit, healthy, kind, such a beautiful loving mother and wife, and just oh-so-on-top-of-everything.  You know those women who just kind of seem like they must have found the secret to having a million hours in their day? That's Annette!  And of course, their girls just stole a little piece of my heart with their gentle hearts and inquisitive minds. 

Upon the sand, surrounded by sea and salt and wind, I watched so many beautiful moments unfold, connections bound in sharing knowledge and affection. The Watsons are just the most loving, beautiful, busy family and I truly hope I was able to capture the true essence of their being in their home, just as much as they captured my heart as I sat back and watched them make memories.

 

 

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THE WEEK THAT WAS

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THE WEEK THAT WAS

Oh how this week flew by in a rush of beautiful people and families and new friendships and oh so many beautifully perfectly imperfect moments captured

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ZOE AND ADAM

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ZOE AND ADAM

It were as if I were not there, as she nestled in his arms, lost herself in his eyes... when I think back on it now, I think of those timelapse films, you know the ones, where there is one still subject in the centre and the world rushes on by... That is Zoe and Adam... at least that is how I see them.  The Universe is chaotic, busy, rushing...  but then, there they are, still, quiet... nestled into the safest haven, the  familiarity and fullness of their love.

I could hear the gentlest whisper... as they sang to one another, the gentlest, softest tune...

"a little tough love and gentle touch, the more I struggle the more I'm stuck.  the less I speak the more I know, the fast I move the slower I go.  I will go to the volcano.  melt my heart in mauna kea's snow"

eyes dancing from one anothers eyes, to lips, and back again... hands holding, fingers entwined.  This is what it means, to be ONE.

This is just a tiny peek of the beauty yet to come

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